Saturday, May 03, 2008

Minigames: Worse Than Hitler?

I have just finished Final Fantasy: Chocobo Tales for the Nintendo DS. This is not a review of that game. Ths is a related, and yet independent, open letter.

Developers of games, if you are going to end your creation with a lame minigame that has nothing to do with the events up to that point:

(a) don't. Saying that you were just following orders will not fly at Nuremburg.

(b) minigames are not an appropriate way to divine the presence of witches in our midst. Creating a gameplay sequence that can only be completed with mastery of the Dark Arts is not, and never will be, For The Win.

(c) the Lord of All Evil should never be asked to compete at any of the following games: Air Hockey, Connect 4, any and all collectible card games, Dance Dance Revolution, and any game based around knowing the prime factors of anything.

(d) players will never use the phrase, "Man, that game sucked, but the unrelated minigame at the end totally makes up for it." Never. I'm not making that up.

These are all true facts. They should be canonised and memorised and recited in the morning like a powerful life-affirming mantra. Possibly carved into marble somewhere like a graven message from wise and inscrutable elder beings.

Anyway, just a thought. Throwing that out there. Thanks heaps.

1 comment:

Greg Tannahill said...

Addendum: Chocobo Tales does get bonus points, though, for using the phrase "Pretty fly for a white mage".